WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — There will be no West Virginia connections playing on the weekend at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
All four golfers with links to the Mountain State fell below the cut line as the second round concluded Friday afternoon on the par-70 Old White TPC course. With scores going low because of soft greens during the first two rounds of play, the cut line climbed to 3-under-par, which none of the West Virginia contingent was able to reach.
After the Thursday first round, David Bradshaw and Logan Lagodich both shot 70 and needed below-par rounds to move into range to make the cut.
Bradshaw, a Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, native and the 2017 West Virginia Open champion, finished the tournament at 1-over-par after firing a 71 on Friday. For the week, Bradshaw made seven birdies, but he also had six bogeys and a double-bogey.
Lagodich, a former Marshall University golfer who made the field in a Monday qualifier at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, West Virginia, finished the tournament at 3-over-par after shooting a 73 on Friday. The Canton, Ohio, native ran into trouble on Nos. 4 and 5 when he went double bogey and bogey to drop three shots in two holes. For the week, Lagodich had eight birdies, seven bogeys and two double-bogeys.
Hurricane, West Virginia, native Sam O’Dell shot 75 on Friday to finish the tournament 7-over.
One hole in particular — the par-3 15th — led to the demise of the back-to-back West Virginia Amateur champion. In two rounds, O’Dell shot a combined 4-over par on the 15th. He began Friday’s round on the back nine by making five consecutive pars before a triple-bogey on 15. The Hurricane dentist didn’t make a single birdie Friday.
Davey Jude, of Kermit, West Virginia, a former teammate of Lagodich at Marshall, shot his second consecutive 73 on Friday to finish the tournament at 6-over-par.
While Jude struggled early Friday, he finished strong, going 1-under on his final nine with a birdie at No. 7 and eight pars.
For the second time this week, Jude ran into issues with his driver — on his second hole of the day, the head of the club cracked.
Both Jude and Lagodich were making their PGA Tour debuts. None of the West Virginia golfers recorded a sub-par round.
ATTABOY, ROOK: PGA Tour rookie Tyler Duncan had a day to remember Friday. Duncan, a Purdue University product, finished with a 64 to move to 8-under for the tournament.
There wasn’t a ton of chatter about Duncan’s round, however, because he was also in a grouping with Anirban Lahiri, who shot a 61 to move to 12-under.
KIM GETS UNLUCKY: Whee Kim will enter Saturday’s third round at 10-under and three shots back of leader Kelly Kraft, whose 63 led him to a score of 13-under after two rounds.
Although Kim shot a 2-under 68 on Friday, he flirted with much bigger things until a bit of bad luck struck on the tough 225-yard, par-3 eighth hole.
Kim sent a shot toward the right-center of the green that landed just short and squarely hit a sprinkler head, sending the ball bounding into the air and over the back of the green. The result left Kim short-sided, needing to negotiate a severe downhill slope and despite lofting the ball into the air it ran 20 feet past the hole. He made bogey.
“I was thinking just try to land in front of the green, the front edge and it could roll pretty good,” Kim said. “So that’s what I expect, and I hit a perfect shot and then I unexpectedly hit that sprinkler head. It was just unlucky. It’s always happening in golf. So I played OK. It’s golf, it’s fine.”
FOURTH HOLE COSTS SNEDEKER: Speaking of unfortunate holes, there was the fourth for Brandt Snedeker, who had a share of the lead at 10-under-par after a birdie on the par-3 third hole, his 12th.
Snedeker found a fairway bunker off the fourth tee and got the ball caught in the lip twice trying to get it out. The sequence resulted in a double-bogey and, pairing that with a bogey on the fifth hole, Snedeker had to settle with a 3-under 67, six shots off the lead.
“Played really good 34 holes pretty much the first two days, and to mess it up on two holes was kind of disappointing,” Snedeker said. “Didn’t really putt very good the first two days, so shows you how good I was hitting it. Doing that took me off the top of the leaderboard.”
MICKELSON, WOODS SET TO SQUARE OFF: On Thursday, after a solid but unspectacular round, Phil Mickelson talked about an upcoming duel that would make waves across the golf world.
Mickelson and Tiger Woods seem poised to do battle in a one-on-one match for $10 million. The match was supposed to take place Tuesday, the day before proams at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
Mickelson told Golf.com writer Alan Shipnuck, “We’re working on a different date. I thought it was done for the 3rd (of July), but obviously it wasn’t.”
The five-time major winner also said the pair would wear microphones during the round and it would be televised.
Woods hasn’t commented, but after Mickelson hinted at a possible showdown prior to The Players Championship this year, Woods responded, “We’ll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable.”
HD Media reporter Ryan Pritt contributed to this report.